Siouxsie & The Banshees – Hastings Pier 20th October 1978

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poster 1 supplied by Mick Mepham & poster 2 supplied Mick O’Dowd

‘Human League’ didn’t play nor did Nico.

Pete Fairless….No, they did not. Support was from the Gang Of Four.

Mick Mepham….Gang of Four were excellent as were Siouxsie and the Banshees, can’t remember Spizz Oil. If I remember rightly, the singer wore a bin liner and by the end of their set he was plastered with gob …. yeeeuch.

Pete Fairless….I thought GOF were a bit boring, Spizz were fun, and Siouxie & The Banshees were fantastic

John Storer… The Human League did not play their first live gig until June 1978 (Sheffield Hallam University has a plaque commemorating the date and venue, which is now a computer room). They did tour with Souixsie that year, but not until December The Mark II line-up are still gigging for all they are worth, and never fail to surprise the crowd with how good they still are. First saw them in December 81 when “Don’t You Want Me” was No.1. Last saw them in 2012 and they were better … and doing stuff from both “Reproduction” and “Travelogue”

Alan Esdaile… Remember seeing The Human League in 2003 with John Foxx support and they were very good.

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Deborah Anderson… I was at the Siouxsie gig…a young 17 year old & still love Siouxsie. Great memories of seeing many bands on the pier….the best being The Clash with Richard Hell supporting, The Damned, Madness, The Stranglers, The Specials, Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock…(they were shit) & many more. I moved to London 4 years later & still love those bands. In the 80′s I was living in W11 & Paul Simeonon (The Clash) was my neighbour…became friends with him & spent many a drunken time in his company & at The Earl of Lonsdale, Portobello Road. Have fond memories of those days of my youth spent seeing such great acts.

Mike O’Dowd… The Siouxie gig I was involved in as “assisted by 558” and was mainly involved with promotion/advertising etc. This gig was a logistical nightmare as can be seen from the differing line-ups on the poster and handbill. The final show was different again. The handbill I produced was when Human League were billed as third band but they pulled out as I believe things were staring to happen for them and didn’t think they deserved 3rd spot. Along comes Nico. What happened to her I don’t recall but the final line-up was The Gang of Four taking the final place. Spizz Oil seemed to change their name every week and were once Spizz Energy. The following night I had my own gig with Dead Dog’s Don’t Lie. Hectic weekend to say the least.

Mark Syrett… I was so drunk!

Matt Thomas… I live in hope for Human League to still appear on Hastings Pier lol well you never know after the great acts we’ve had so far on the new pier 😉An 80’s retro weekender would be good.

Ernest Ballard… I played a gig with Siouxsie in Exeter. We played first and then she got bood off and we went back on. They were not popular on the small circuit with her strange style. No cymbals on the kit just tom toms

Theresa Kiff… I was there – Gang of Four were brilliant.

Debbie Wyatt… Would loved to have seen SaTB

Tim Kerrell… i we there too wv the three fans from Battle. Gang of 4 remember them very well

Jon Gordon…I was at this, aged 14 and on holiday in a Bexhill caravan park with the family. I remember Sioux (and probably Budgie) wandered out to take a look at the punters while everyone was queuing. Spizz Oil seemed completely mad, performing as a duo, and I wondered where the rest of the band were. Seeing Gang Of Four was a bit interesting as I already had the Fast EP and they sounded almost identical to their recorded sound, something that mattered a bit back then. Getting to see them then is probably the reason why I was never very into Joy Division. On came Siouxsie & band and swirled their way through songs I recognised from The Scream and others I didn’t. By this time I was near the back of the crowd and shouting loudly for them to play Suburban Relapse, when I was suddenly shaken a bit from behind by a larger bloke who had been doing some weird dancing around the back of the hall, and who basically told me to fuck off home. Perhaps he didn’t like my accent. I saw Siouxsie & the Banshees another five times after that gig, the last in 2002.

Tony Ham… Budgie joined in 1979, would have been Kenny Morris on drums in 1978.

Tony Court-holmes… ace band

3 thoughts on “Siouxsie & The Banshees – Hastings Pier 20th October 1978”

  1. The Human League did not play their first live gig until June 1978 (Sheffield Hallam University has a plaque commemorating the date and venue, which is now a computer room). They did tour with Souixsie that year, but not until December

    The Mark II line-up are still gigging for all they are worth, and never fail to surprise the crowd with how good they still are. First saw them in December 81 when “Don’t You Want Me” was No.1. Last saw them in 2012 and they were better … and doing stuff from both “Reproduction” and “Travelogue”

  2. I was at this…a young 17 year old & still love Siouxsie. Great memories of seeing many bands on the pier….the best being The Clash with Richard Hell supporting, The Damned, Madness, The Stranglers, The Specials, Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock…(they were shit) & many more. I moved to London 4 years later & still love those bands. In the 80’s I was living in W11 & Paul Simeonon (The Clash) was my neighbour…became friends with him & spent many a drunken time in his company & at The Earl of Lonsdale, Portobello Road. Have fond memories of those days of my youth spent seeing such great acts

  3. I was at this, aged 14 and on holiday in a Bexhill caravan park with the family. I remember Sioux (and probably Budgie) wandered out to take a look at the punters while everyone was queuing. Spizz Oil seemed completely mad, performing as a duo, and I wondered where the rest of the band were.

    Seeing Gang Of Four was a bit interesting as I already had the Fast EP and they sounded almost identical to their recorded sound, something that mattered a bit back then. Getting to see them then is probably the reason why I was never very into Joy Division.

    On came Siouxsie & band and swirled their way through songs I recognised from The Scream and others I didn’t. By this time I was near the back of the crowd and shouting loudly for them to play Suburban Relapse, when I was suddenly shaken a bit from behind by a larger bloke who had been doing some weird dancing around the back of the hall, and who basically told me to fuck off home. Perhaps he didn’t like my accent.

    I saw Siouxsie & the Banshees another five times after that gig, the last in 2002.

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